$4.4 Million Grant for Philosophical Exploration of Honesty


Christian B. Miller, the A. C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University, and a team of researchers, have been awarded a $4.4 million grant for his “Honesty Project.”

[Jacob Jordaens, “Diogenes Searching for an Honest Man”]

The Honesty Project brings philosophy together with psychology, as well as business, economics and political science, to focus on five main questions about honesty:

  • What is the definition and value of honesty? What are the behavioral and motivational requirements for being honest or exceptionally so?
  • To what extent are people honest? How does this vary by culture?
  • What contextual and internal factors encourage honesty and shape its development in individuals, groups, organizations, and institutions?
  • What are the consequences of honesty and dishonesty for relationships, groups, organizations, and institutions?
  • Under what conditions is dishonesty justified, if any? What factors lead people to be receptive to or offended by honesty?

The grant, awarded by the John Templeton Foundation, is the largest grant ever awarded to the humanities at Wake Forest University. It will support research projects, conferences, seminars, and research competitions in philosophy and science. You can learn more about it here.

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